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History, 1838–1856, volume A-1 [23 December 1805–30 August 1834]

History, 1838–1856, volume A-1 [23 December 1805–30 August 1834]

and the manifestations of my blessings upon his works.
3 For behold I will bless all those that <who> labour in my vineyard, with a mighty  blessing, and they shall believe on his words, which are given through me, by the  Comforter, which manifesteth that Jesus was crucified by sinful men for the sins  of the world; yea, for the remission of sins unto the contrite heart. Wherefore, it be hooveth me, that he should be ordained by you, Oliver Cowdery, mine apostle;  this being an ordinance unto you, that you are an elder under his hand, he being  the first unto you, that you might be an elder unto this Church of Christ, bearing  my name; and the first preacher of this Church, unto the Church, and before the  world; yea, before the Gentiles: yea, and thus saith the Lord God, lo, lo, to the Jews  also. Amen.
We now proceeded to call out and ordain some others of the  brethren to different offices of the Priesthood, according as the Spirit manifested unto us;  and after a happy time spent in witnessing and feeling for ourselves the mercies <powers  &> the blessings of the Holy Ghost, through the grace of God bestowed upon us, we  dismissed with the pleasing knowledge that we were now individually, members  of, and acknowledged of God, “The Church of Jesus Christ,” organized in accord ance with commandments and revelations, given by him to ourselves, in these last days,  as well as according to the order of the Church as recorded of in the New Testament.

April 1830

Several persons who had attended the above meeting, and  got convinced of the truth, came forward shortly after, and were received into the  church, among the rest My own Father and Mother were baptized to my  great joy and consolation, and about the same time Martin Harris and a  [blank] <Orrin Porter> Rockwell.
Revelation to the Church of Christ, which was established  in these last days, in the year of our Lord One thousand eight hundred and thirty: Given  <at> Manchester New York, April 1830, in consequence of some desiring to unite with the Church  without re-baptism, who had previously been baptized.
1 Behold I say unto you, that all old covenants have I caused to be done away in this  thing, and this is a new and an everlasting covenant; even that which was from the  beginning.— Wherefore, although a man should be baptized an hundred times,  it availeth not him nothing; for you cannot enter in at the strait gate by the law of  Moses, neither by your dead works; for it is because of your dead works, that I have  caused this last covenant, and this church to be built up unto me; even as in days  of old. Wherefore enter ye in at the gate, as I have commanded, and seek not to  counsel your God. Amen.
The following persons being anxious to know  of the Lord what might be their respective duties, in relation to this work, I enquired  of the Lord and received for them the following——
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JS, History, 1838–1856, vol. A-1, created 11 June 1839–24 Aug. 1843; handwriting of James Mulholland, Robert B. Thompson, William W. Phelps, and Willard Richards; 553 pages, plus 16 pages of addenda; CHL. This is the first volume of a six-volume manuscript history of the church. This first volume covers the period from 23 December 1805 to 30 August 1834; the remaining five volumes, labeled B-1 through F-1, continue through 8 August 1844.

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